Photos of the Day

That's Teamwork

October 13 - Sea of Cortez

Jeff and Debbie Hartjoy of the Longbranch, Washington, based Baba 40 'Sailors Run' are a unique sort of couple. When they did the Ha-Ha last year, theirs was one of only two boats that sailed the entire way, including the 240-mile second leg during which there was very little wind. They demonstrated great teamwork when the wind was up, too. Since Jeff was the more confident driver in the heavy downwind stuff, and since he had to take a pee really bad but didn't want to leave the wheel, Debbie did what needed to be done. She unzipped his fly, took out his 'dispenser', and 'relieved the watch', so to speak, into a plastic bottle. He didn't broach and she didn't spill a drop. That's teamwork.

While in the Sea of Cortez this summer, the couple decided they wanted to clean their bottom. Since there wasn't a boatyard around, they decided to careen the heavy ketch. To see how it all turned out, check out the November issue of 'Latitude'.

Photos Courtesy Jeff and Debbie Hartjoy

Weather Updates

October 13 - Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

Tropical Weather

For the second day in a row, it's all quiet in both the Eastern Pacific/Mexican hurricane region and the Atlantic/Caribbean hurricane region.

San Francisco Bay Weather

To see what the winds are like on the Bay and just outside the Gate right now, check out

California Coast Weather

Looking for current as well as recent wind and sea readings from 17 buoys and stations between Pt. Arena and the Mexican border? Here's the place - which has further links to weather buoys and stations all over the U.S.:

Pacific Ocean Weather

You can view the University of Hawaii Department of Meteorology satellite picture by clicking here.

Pacific Sea State

Seas are normal in the Pacific, but you might check at:
For another view, see


Spirit of the Sea

 October 13 - Baja Ha-Ha World Headquarters

We'd like everyone in the Ha-Ha fleet to be aware of the generosity of the folks at the San Diego Marlin Club, which is located at Shelter Island not far from Pearson's Fuel Dock. Dick Thomas reported that most of their boats will have already headed south, so there will probably be a few open slips at their docks for Ha-Ha bound boats. Slips in San Diego, as most people know, are in short supply.

According to the Marlin Club's arrangement with the city of San Diego, the club can't rent out slips, as they are for the use of their members. However, donations can be accepted. If anyone gets a berth, the proper thing would be to make a donation in the amount you would have had to pay for berthing elsewhere. In addition, the club would like a letter of appreciation, which helps them show the city that they're using their facilities to help as many mariners as possible.

The person to contact is Dave Verdugo at (619) 294-7485. It's his home, so call during normal hours and be polite. Only a few boats can be accommodated, so if Dave says they're full or you have to vacate on a certain date, don't hassle him and comply with all his requests.

The Grand Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha salutes the San Diego Marlin Club for your spirit of the sea. We hope that some of our boats may be able to assist some of your members in the future. Thank you for your spirit of cooperation!
If you're signed up for the Ha-Ha and getting cold feet, here's a preview of what you'll be sailing to. The photo at left is of Isla Patos and the Sea of Cortez. By the way, the Sea is said to be more alive with sea life than in the last few years. The other photo is of Jeff and Debbie Hartjoy, who grounded their boat in the 'photo of the day' and who are responsible for both these pictures. As you can see, it's very dry in the Sea of Cortez, which has a very stark beauty. Over on the mainland, count on lots of thick jungle.


October 13 - The Pacific Ocean and Cyberspace

Who is out making passages in the Pacific and what kind of weather are they having? Check out YOTREPS - 'yacht reports' - at


Vendee Globe

October 13 - Les Sables d'Olonne, France

The next big international race is the fourth Vendée Globe singlehanded race around the world that starts November 5 from Les Sables d'Olonne, France. Basically is only mark is Antarctica, which the fleet must leave to starboard. Last time their were 15 starters. Nine of them withdrew or were knocked out by broken masts, lose keels and over flipping.

The boats are either 50 or 60 feet, and almost all have that very wide and flat 'Vendee Globe' look. The boats are built of the latest in high tech materials and feature many innovations. Twenty four skippers are expected to start, at least one of them should finish within 100 days. Ellen MacArthur, who kicked butt in the Europe New Man One Star early this year is one of the favorites.

We'll have much more on this great event in the next few weeks.

Photo Courtesy
Kingfisher Challenge 2000

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